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Is Alan Grayson Running Again?

Outgoing congressman downplays filing paperwork for 2018

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.,said his filing does not mean he will necessarily run in 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outgoing Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., filed paperwork to run against Republican Rep. Dan Webster in 2018 but is downplaying talk of a comeback.

Grayson, who gave up his House seat to for the Senate only to lose the primary to Rep. Patrick Murphy, filed to run in the 11th District against Webster, who beat Grayson in 2010, FloridaPolitics reported.

Grayson returned to the House in 2012 after winning in the 9th District.

Grayson said he was not necessarily planning to run but made the filing to continue to raise money.

“The campaign raises money all the time. When the campaign raises a certain amount of money after an election, the campaign is legally required under the Federal Election Campaign Act to file a candidate’s statement of candidacy,” he said in an interview with FloridaPolitics.com.

But Grayson said technically he is allowed to run for office in anywhere in Florida.

Grayson earned the scorn of establishment Democrats for inflammatory remarks and after allegations of domestic violence surfaced, he lost the support of progressive backers. Murphy went on to lose to Sen. Marco Rubio.

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